It’s not entirely a clash of the titans.
Sure, Oscar familiars Bill Condon, Pedro Almodovar, Paul Haggis, Anthony Minghella and Patrick Marber are back as writing contenders. But they’re facing a raft of freshmen making their debuts on the award-season stage.
Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”) and Jason Reitman (“Thank You for Smoking”) face competish from Condon (“Dreamgirls”) Marber (“Notes on a Sancal) and Haggis (“Flags of Our Fathers”) in the adapted screenplay race.
Meanwhile Zach Helm (“Stranger Than Fiction”), Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Andrea Berloff (“World Trade Center”) vie, with Minghella and Almodovar in originals.
Two more newcomers penned foreign-language films that will vie for writing honors as well: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for “The Lives of Others” and Iris Yamashita for “Letters From Iwo Jima.”
So don’t be surprised if there are some new faces at the Kodak.